Opinion Pieces Offer Opposing Views on Dems’ Budget Plan
The Democratic budget proposal released on Tuesday is a "balanced, fair and creative solution to closing" the state's budget deficit, compared with the governor and GOP lawmakers' insistence "on an exclusively ideological approach" that would cut "critical services for vulnerable children, the disabled and the elderly," Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) write in a Sacramento Bee opinion piece. Meanwhile, Assembly Minority Leader Martin Garrick (R-San Diego) and Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) write in the Bee that the Democratic plan would "irresponsibly raise income, gas and car taxes" and is "effectively dead on arrival."
- "Democrats' Budget Plan Is Balanced, Fair and Creative" (Perez/Steinberg, Sacramento Bee, 8/5).
- "Irresponsibility Marks Democrats' State Budget Plan" (Garrick/Hollingsworth, Sacramento Bee, 8/5).